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12TH AV­ENUE GRILL

1120 12th Ave. (808-732-9469) 12thave­g­rill. com The fresh fla­vors of lo­cal pro­duce paired with chef finds like skate and farmed or­ganic New Zealand King Salmon make for bold and in­ter­est­ing tastes and tex­tures at this con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can restau­rant.

AZURE

2259 Kalakaua Ave. (808-923-7311) azure­waikiki.com At this Di­a­mond Head and Waikiki beach­front din­ing, ex­pe­ri­ence a lux­u­ri­ous am­bi­ence paired with fresh lo­cal fish and a Hawai‘i twist on clas­sic mixed drinks.

BAR 35

35 N. Ho­tel St. (808-537-3535) bar35.com En­joy a se­lec­tion of more than 150 beers from around the world and an ex­ten­sive ar­ray of cock­tails, wine, and sake along­side chewy, gourmet pizza at this Chi­na­town lo­ca­tion’s in­door or out­door pa­tio bar.

CHEF CHAI

1009 Ka­pi­olani Blvd. (808-585-0011) chefchai.com Pal­ette pam­per­ing has never been eas­ier than with Hawai­ian in­gre­di­ents fused with Asian in­spi­ra­tion and an al­lur­ing wine list at this long­time LGBT fa­vorite.

DO­RAKU

100 Ka­pi­olani Blvd. (808-591-0101) do­rakusushi.com In­flu­enced by the Ja­panese iza­kaya style of din­ing, this con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese restau­rant creates a ca­sual yet so­phis­ti­cated style of eat­ing and drink­ing.

HANK’S HAUTE DOGS

324 Co­ral St. (808-532-4265) han­kshaute­dogs.com Pre­sent­ing a cre­ative play on the all Amer­i­can fa­vorite, Hank’s Haute Dogs ap­peals to a wide range of taste buds and di­ets, with great in­gre­di­ents and in­no­va­tive think­ing.

HASR BISTRO

31 N. Pauahi St. (808-533-4277) has­r­bistro.com With an im­pres­sive lineup of live, lo­cal mu­sic and tremen­dous wine se­lec­tion via the ac­com­pa­ny­ing wine shop next door, this Chi­na­town spot is great for lunch, pau hana, or din­ner.

HONOLULU BURGER CO.

1295 S. Bere­ta­nia St. (808-626-5202) hon­olu­luburg­erco.com At this sim­ple burger joint, all burg­ers are made with 100 per­cent, grass-fed Big Is­land beef and can be topped with a va­ri­ety of lo­cal fa­vorites like Por­tuguese sausage, kalua pig, or braised Korean short ribs.

IL LUPINO TRAT­TO­RIA & WINE BAR $$$

Royal Hawai­ian Cen­ter Level 1, 2233 Kalakaua Ave. (808-922-3400) illupino.com Dish­ing out de­lec­ta­ble Ital­ian fare at both its in­door and al­fresco bar and din­ing, this restau­rant at the heart of Waikiki also boasts a salume­ria where cured meats and cheeses are sliced in front of pa­trons.

JJ DOLAN’S

1147 Bethel St. (808-537-4992) jj­dolans.com This Ir­ish pub stands out for its hand­crafted New York pizza and hand­poured drinks. Fol­low it on Twit­ter for daily pizza spe­cials.

KOKO HEAD CAFE

1145c 12th Ave. (808-732-8920) koko­head­cafe.com Run by famed New York-born chef Lee Anne Wong, this is­land-style brunch house is quickly be­com­ing one of O‘ahu’s fa­vorite spots for sweet (black pep­per maple pan­cakes; peanut but­ter, ba­nana, ba­con sand­wich) and sa­vory (break­fast bibim­bop with ba­con, Por­tuguese sausage, and her­itage ham) day­time din­ing.

KALA­PAWAI CAFÉ & DELI

750 Kailua Rd. (808-262-3354) kala­pawaimar­ket.com This spa­cious bistro-style stop fea­tures an im­pres­sive small-plate menu with a fo­cus on clean, sea­sonal fla­vors and tidy pre­sen­ta­tion. The sweet potato ravi­oli in sage brown but­ter sauce and the bone-in pork chop are must-try.

LONGHI’S

Ala Moana Shop­ping Cen­ter, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (808-947-9899) Though Longhi’s is known for fresh fish, prime steaks, and suc­cu­lent lob­sters, it also has one of the best eggs bene­dicts on the is­land.

MAI TAI BAR

Ala Moana Cen­ter, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (808-947-2900) maitaibar.com Great for catch­ing the game dur­ing the day, this open-air bar is one of the best places for happy hour and is where lo­cals dance the night away to reg­gae and Hawai­ian mu­sic.

MAN­I­FEST

32 N. Ho­tel St. (808-523-7575) man­i­festhawaii.com This down­town fa­vorite is a mod­ern coffee shop by day and cul­tural, so­phis­ti­cated cock­tail bar by night, fea­tur­ing pop­u­lar deejays weekly, ro­tat­ing art ex­hi­bi­tions, and small bites.

NICO’S

1129 N. Nimitz Hwy. (808-540-1377) nicospier38.com Lo­cated on Pier 38, this wa­ter­front restau­rant presents fresh, lo­cally caught fish and is great for break­fast or lunch.

PIG AND THE LADY

83 N. King St. (808-585-8255) thep­i­gandthe­lady.com In­spired by his mother’s home-cooked meals, chef An­drew Le presents con­tem­po­rary French-Viet­namese fare that farm­ers-mar­ket reg­u­lars have come to know and love. Com ga hoi an; pho French dip; bun bo hue.

PINT + JIG­GER

1936 S King St. (808-744-9593) pin­tand­jig­ger.com Es­cape for a mo­ment at this mod­ern pub­lic house, which in­ter­twines craft beers and orig­i­nal cock­tails with sa­vory food in a clas­sic so­cial at­mos­phere.

RUMFIRE

2255 Kalakaua Ave. (808-922-4422) rum­fire­waikiki.com Lounge in the warm at­mos­phere of this restau­rant with 180-de­gree views of Waikiki or sit out­side in the sun’s rays and in­dulge in so­cial com­fort food with lo­cal in­flu­ences and an im­pres­sive rum se­lec­tion.

TANGO CON­TEM­PO­RARY CAFÉ

1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 120 (808-593-7288) tan­go­cafe­hawaii.com En­joy Scan­di­na­vian-Asian in­spired cui­sine in a min­i­mal­ist con­tem­po­rary at­mos­phere that makes you feel like you’re pic­nick­ing in a park.

TOWN

3435 Wa­ialae Ave. (808-735-5900) townkaimuki.com This un­pre­ten­tious Amer­i­can bistro’s menu changes daily based on the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents avail­able, en­tic­ing din­ers to come back for more.

WAIOLU OCEAN VIEW LOUNGE

223 Saratoga Rd. (808-683-7777) In­spired by the sim­plic­ity of tapas, guests can dine in an in­ti­mate set­ting for two or choose to share fla­vor­ful small-plate cre­ations while sip­ping spe­cialty drinks us­ing only the fresh­est in­gre­di­ents.

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